By ATWadmin On August 14th, 2008 at 6:00 am
I see that Disney has sparked outrage by producing High School Musical pants for young girls with the suggestive words ‘Dive In’ emblazoned across them.
The underwear, part of the hugely successful movie’s range of merchandise, has also been criticised by the NSPCC. Disney’s High School Musical has been one of the most popular films of the decade for children and young teenagers, and has spawned a multi-million pound merchandising range.The NSPCC said: ‘This is part of a worrying trend of inappropriate clothing marketed at young children.’
I agree with them. Surely somebody should have figured that “Dive-in” on childrens underwear is inappropriate? Disney should not be letting this sort of merchandise through and if this was officially approved then someone needs a change of job!
By ATWadmin On August 14th, 2008 at 2:05 am
Neptunuslex looks at the Russian invasion of Georgia and wonders where the peace marchers are:
“Google “European anti-war protests” and you will see that the status of the sovereign, democratic state of Georgia is conspicuous by its absence from the list of protest-worthy causes. Organizing the stilt puppeteers and kettle drummers, these things take time, it seems. Patience is called for.
Millions marched in San Francisco, Rome, Barcelona and London when a US-led coalition of democracies prepared to depose a murderous tyrant – where are they now, when a tyrant seeks to depose a democratically elected government?
Millions more protested when a wretchedly afflicted people attempted to shake off the chains of 30 year’s oppression, tribalism and superstition to create for themselves and their children a sense of security and a representative government, answerable to the people – where are they now, that a free people has been reacquainted with the rod and beaten back to the yoke?
Others protested in Florence and Glocestershire when NATO bombers intervened to stop a genocide in Kosovo – where are they now, when bombers and helicopter gunships rain death upon innocents?…”
By ATWadmin On August 13th, 2008 at 1:21 pm
Thank god for the EU President Sarkozy and the wonderful deal he has done that secures peace between Russia and Georgia. It’s a triumph for soft-power diplomacy and we can all sleep easier in our beds. Right?
Wrong. Back on planet Earth..
Villages in Georgia are being burned and looted as Russian tanks and soldiers followed by “irregulars” advanced from the breakaway province of South Ossetia, eyewitnesses said today. “People are fleeing, there is a mood of absolute panic. The idea there is a ceasefire is ridiculous,” Luke Harding, the Guardian’s correspondent, said. Earlier, witnesses reported a military convoy heading towards the Georgian capital Tbilisi, but it later turned off the road and headed back towards South Ossetia. Russia denied any advance.
Putin has been allowed to get away with this outrageous bullying and the gloss put on the French EU brokered “peace deal” only helps further disguise the fact that Russia is entirely in the wrong here and should be punished for what it has done. Instead, it will be rewarded. Which nation is NEXT on Putin’s hit list?
By ATWadmin On August 13th, 2008 at 12:49 pm
The incident occurred last week in the market town after several flags were erected to coincide with the anniversary of the introduction of internment. Police have confirmed they removed the flags on Friday in order to prevent a breach of the peace after negotiations with community representatives failed to find a resolution. Tensions were believed to be rising in the area with rival loyalists threatening to remove the flags in the Peggy’s Loaning and Scarva Road area of the town. Ulster Unionist representative George Savage claims he had received complaints from both sides of the community about the presence of the flags. The UUP man said he believed the incident was “clearly designed to raise sectarian tension in the town and to intimidate the Protestant Unionist population.”
Now, anyone who has wisely invested in my book “Unionism Decayed” will know my opinion of my neigbour George Savage. So when I read about him intervening and using the language quoted, I always have a good laugh. George may know about all matters bovine in his capacity as a farmer BUT his ability to deal with political tensions may be a tad limited. I don’t know whodecided to fly these flags but they are offensive in the context given and so their removal is a good thing. I have no problem with the Irish tricolour being flown in the appropriate location here but this kind of in your face incident dishonours the Irish flag and so it should indeed be taken down. When I am in the Republic I respect the Irish Flag as a symbol of the Irish State. But Northern Ireland is British and so it has no place here unless in special circumstances such as, for example, the Entente Floral competition. Now, time to take them down on the Falls Road, and I hear there may be a few in the Bogside, and the Garvaghy Road come to think of it!!!
By ATWadmin On August 13th, 2008 at 12:29 pm
The Independent reports that..
According to new research, traditional British names are disappearing at a faster rate than at any time in history. Britain’s rapidly-changing demographic and a growing deference to cultish fads is producing a wider range of names across the country but also threatening to render previously popular monikers extinct. And while many traditional names are fading into obscurity, other recent additions are flourishing. Mohammad was the 17th most popular boy’s name last year, while Muhammad was the 38th most popular. More boys born in Britain last year were named after the Prophet than were given any other name.
Hang on a second. What’s with the “named after the Prophet” crap? Did an Imam pen this? If it is reference to Mohammad then please say it but cut this pathetic genuflecting to Islam. I don’t think that this same Newspaper refers to Jesus Christ in shorthand as the Saviour so why is Mo handed such grovelling courtesy? It’s always dhimmi-time on the left.
By ATWadmin On August 13th, 2008 at 12:09 pm
I see that Scottish Labour MP John MacDougall has died. The MP for the Fife town of Glenrothes had been battling mesothelioma, an incurable asbestos-related cancer of the lining of the lungs, for some time. His death will trigger a by-election in the seat, which neighbours Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath constituency. And that’s where the political problems start….
What will Gordon Brown do? Should he call the by-election BEFORE the annual Labour conference ithis Auumn in the hope that a win could hrlp restore his badly battered leadership? But what if Labour loses – again, and in the teeth of the Party convention? Would that trigger a coup against him? All the evidence suggests that Labour will LOSE this seat to the SNP and so I see nothing in this for Brown. I predict he will defer it to the last possible moment. When the ship is sinking the Captain rarely has any good choices. Considering that Brown’s OWN constituency is next door to Fife, what would the loss of this Fife seat mean for Labour? The electoral calamity that faces Labour in 2010 is awesome and these events are all little footsteps to that chasm.
By ATWadmin On August 13th, 2008 at 7:40 am
I read that council snoopers are to be given even greater powers to pry into our phone, email and internet records – landing the taxpayer with a bill of almost £50million.
Town halls, along with the police, security services, health authorities and other public bodies, will have access to ‘ communication’ records of anyone suspected of involvement in even the most minor crime. The powers, which stem from an EU directive supposedly designed to catch terrorists, will even allow police to track down those who have told friends they are planning to harm themselves. But it will cost the taxpayer £46.58million over eight years to compensate mobile phone companies and internet firms for storing and providing the data.
It’s telling how this socialist government takes every opportunity – using the guise of fighting “terrorism” naturally – to pry further and further into our private lives. I wonder if the next incoming Conservative government will repeal all this surveillance intrusion as it claims it will do? I rather doubt it – politicians love the idea of control and so the more information they gather on us the better – from their point of view. I resent ALL these intrusions but wonder if this sort of big brother snooping is endemic in the EUSSR?
By ATWadmin On August 13th, 2008 at 7:15 am
So, is Prince Charles right? Do you think that thee mass development of genetically modified crops risks causing the world’s worst environmental disaster?
In his most outspoken intervention on the issue of GM food, the Prince said that multi-national companies were conducting an experiment with nature which had gone “seriously wrong”.
I do not agree with him and think his Luddism on this topic is deplorable. GM foods represent a positive boon and I encourage the multi-nationals as this develop this science. Naturally we must be cautious but quite franky Prince Charles shows a reactionary streak here which demonstrates more ignorance than knowledge.
By ATWadmin On August 13th, 2008 at 12:03 am